Woman assassinates French political theorist in bath

July 13, 1793 Paris, France Charlotte Corday assassinates Jean Paul Marat as he bathes Marat, an outspoken leader of the French Revolution, was targeted by Corday because of his role in the September Massacres. (Marat and others encouraged the executions of 1200-1400 prisoners so they could not escape.) Corday also believed his death would halt…

Momento mori: ring commemorating the memory of a 7-year-old

July 2, 1747 Charleston, Massachusetts Elizabeth Royall (7) dies (according to a momento mori) Mourning jewelry or momento mori (lit. "remember death") were created as a way to remember a loved on who had passed before photography was invented. (After photography came about, the art of post-mortem photography became the popular choice.) Some mourning jewelry…

Continental soldiers begin an armed protest against Congress after not receiving wages for their military services

June 20, 1783 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Approximately 400 continental soldiers protest Congress, demanding payment for their services during the American Revolutionary War The soldiers had assembled the day before, growing in number from 80 to 400. On June 20, they blocked the doors to the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall) and secured some of…

The prolonged torture/execution of Col. William Crawford

June 11, 1782 Near the Sandusky River, Illinois Country, New France (modern day Wyandot County, Ohio) Col. William Crawford is executed by the Delaware Natives Col. Crawford's execution was in retaliation for the Gnadenhütten massacre in March of 1782 which claimed the lives of 96 non-combative, Christian-convert Delaware Natives. What makes the execution especially notable…